It's good to be back home. I arrived in Chicago around 11:30 am and after going through customs and taking the blue line back into the city I crawled into bed for a nap around 1:30 pm. I hadn't slept well the night before - I always feel like I'm going to oversleep something important....like a flight. Mark and I went to breakfast at 7 am and then took the train out to the HK airport so I could try to get on the non-stop flight home. With the flight leaving at 11 am (HK time) they cleared the standby list at 10:15 am and I had to hurry to get through immigration and security. I made it on the flight, but had to be in coach. I can entertain myself, but the ability to lie flat in the first leg of the trip was crucial. Also, if my Nook wouldn't have frozen on BOTH trips...that would have been awesome!!
Another reason I'm glad to be back home is my ability to control my food better. I know that I made choices this week to stray from paleo and that's not what I'm refering to. There were times when I wanted to eat differently and couldn't. For example, on the way home there weren't many food options. Pretzels were our first snack and then a chicken dish with rice and a roll was served. The portions were small, so I felt obligated to eat my roll and also the dessert just to fill up. Midway through the flight they gave us a snack back with a banana, tort, and crackers inside. Again, not knowing if they would feed us again until we were close to Chicago, I ate it. I needed to snack again before breakfast so I snagged another banana from the kitchen. For breakfast, they gave us eggs, a sausage link, and 2 hashbrowns and a pastry. (Honestly, United...what's up with all the desserts?!) I'm happy to be able to go back to my routine. I know I traveled and my body clock was off for days, but I felt like my change in diet made me sluggish and hungry all the time.
Another thing I'm looking forward to is going back to CF. I want to be back on track with things. We'll do measurements and etc when Mark gets home. I doubt I could do all of that myself anyways - accurately. Tonight, I'm going to lay low and try to catch up on my sleep. I might venture out to get some groceries and get out of the house, but not much else. :) I'm totally okay with that.
Looking back on the trip I'm really excited to have had the opportunity to go. Overall, traveling wasn't bad and China was fun. I was glad to see Mark and to spend the day with him on Wednesday when he took the day off. :)